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Why One School District Spent $1 Million Fighting Special-Education Attorney Tim Adams’ Client (Part 2)

Tim Kowal     May 7, 2024

Last time, we set the table with special-education attorney Tim Adams to discuss the big 9th Circuit win for parents of kids with IEPs (individualized education protocols). Now we dig in to Irvine Unified School District v. Landers and Gagliano.

After covering the fact that the school district, to get out of helping a dyslexic student get the help she needed, spent over $1.13 million on its attorneys in over five-years of litigation involving a “trial by experts.” In this discussion, Tim Adams explains that IEPs are a constitutional right, so school districts are not legally permitted to consider their costs. Yet school district spokespersons take to the press to decry how these lawsuits are breaking the bank. So what is going on here?

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Tim Kowal is an appellate specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Tim helps trial attorneys and clients win their cases and avoid error on appeal. He co-hosts the Cal. Appellate Law Podcast at CALpodcast.com, and publishes summaries of cases and appellate tips for trial attorneys. Contact Tim at [email protected] or (949) 676-9989.
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